Andrew has over 25 years business management experience principally in the retail industry. Having completed a retail graduate course in America, he returned as a menswear buyer for Jenners department store in Edinburgh. He spent the following 18 years maintaining its reputation as a leading UK retail establishment, occupying several senior positions including Manager Director, before the company was sold in 2005.
From 2006, he was a director of a garden centre specialising in Scottish hardy plants and roles as a retail consultant, in other horticultural businesses.
In 2018, as Managing Director of Bodnant Welsh Food, North Wales, his management experience extended to farm shops, restaurants, food production and rural events. This position also involved working in close partnership with the food and drink division of the Welsh Government.
Since 2015, Andrew has been the Managing Partner of Forneth Estate, near Blairgowrie. The 2,000 acre mixed farm has an Aberdeen Angus cattle herd, along with sheep, spring barley and potato operations. In addition, the estate manages residential lettings and is also extending its forestry operations both commercially and via natural regeneration. The ethos of the estate is very much one where agricultural activities work in harmony with wildlife. He is passionate in sharing the message about the value of rural businesses and how sensible diversification can enhance rural enterprises.
Andrew also has a keen interest in freshwater fisheries and renewable energy. Previous positions include Chairman of the Lower Oykel Fishery in Sutherland and a Director of Scaled Energy Ltd.